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Monday, June 10, 2013

What is Wrong with the NBA? (in 500 words or less)

P.J. Carlesimo earned the Brooklyn Nets job with a good coaching job.

He won't get it.

George Karl was Coach of the Year and was fired.

Lionel Hollins took the Grizzlies to the conference finals and wasn't retained.

The Clippers, off one of their best seasons in a while, part company with Vinny Del Negro.

The irony is that NBA teams have a head coach and five assistants, and yet most coaching situations seem tenuous.  None of the Nets, Nuggets, Grizzlies or Clippers coached themselves.  And yet. . .

All clubs should consider doing away with all coaches.  Save money, donate it to charity, reduce ticket prices, but can the coaches.  Pick three captains on a 15-player roster and make them co-coaches.  One can run the offense, one can run the defense and one can run the substitution patterns.

Because, right now, it doesn't seem that hiring a head coach matters, because it doesn't seem that anyone pays attention to his head coach anyway.

What a mess.

Which is why Hubie Brown's point about Tim Duncan is one of the best I've heard about the NBA in a long time.  Brown commented that Duncan is the only superstar that lets himself be coached, and he offered that as a reason why the Spurs are so successful.  Extrapolating from Brown's comment is that no one else among the top 25 players lets himself be coached.  With the Nets, despite having a good coach in Mike Woodson, that seems apparent because Melo doesn't defend.  With the Lakers, Kobe listens to his own muse, and Dwight Howard clearly didn't listen to anyone.

Talent will win out, for sure.  But this revolving door with good coaches?  It's unprecedented.

What else can the NBA think of?


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